The legend of the Kokoda Trail who is keeping the memory of the battle alive

By Rhys Jack on Nov 09, 2019 03:00 am
Sunday Telegraph, 10 November 2019

Described as the by-product of throwing Chuck Norris and Indiana Jones into a blender, this former Australian Army Major has been trekking across the infamous Kokoda trail for more than 28 years.

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One of the most difficult things I’ve attempted in my life has to be trekking across the Kokoda Trail. Over 140 kilometres in length, and climbing up over 6,750 metres. It took nine days to hike from Owers’ Corner in the south of Papua New Guinea through the most humid jungles, across torrential rivers and over never-ending mountains that made me seriously question why the hell I was doing it. And finally, after being stretched to physical and mental limits, the trail winds down to the small village of Kokoda on the Northern plateau of the island where those who complete it can celebrate an incredible accomplishment.

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Wanker treks Kokoda

This Trip Advisor review by Nathan S at http://www.tripadvisor.com.au/ShowUserReviews-g294115-d309624-r190455840-Kokoda_Trail-Papua_New_Guinea.html#REVIEWS is a direct result of Canberra’s policy of pitching to the lowest common denominator as part of their ‘management assistance’ package for the Kokoda Trail.  Their policy obviously allows wankers such as ‘Nathan S’ to exploit local guides then publicly shit-can the experience.

Nathan S is obviously a heroic ‘selfie’ legend! (more…)

Heroism no longer required on Kokoda Track

The following article was written by Mick Ryan of Killara and published in the Sydney Morning Herald on August 20, 2009:

‘Surely I cannot be the only one to come back from the Kokoda Track and wonder what all the fuss is about. I do not dispute the bravery and sacrifice of the fallen, or the significance of the battles fought there. My concern is with the modern trekkers and the mythology being cultivated about what a superhuman feat it is to walk from Owers Corner to Kokoda in peacetime. (more…)

Is this the World’s meanest tour guide?

Sydney Morning Herald,  November 25, 1995

 

Charlie Lynn’s holiday package includes a good measure of fear, exhaustion, injury and shock, which may be why Australia’s largest companies think he’s great.  Marc Llewellyn reports:

 

THIRTEEN hours up a mountain and Xiaoling Liu is crawling on her hands and knees through the mud with a heavy rucksack on her back.  The 42-year-old senior research scientist is almost blind from an insect bite which has left her face and body badly swollen.  Both her ankles are twisted and she is close to giving up. (more…)

The Kokoda Kids

The Sydney Morning Herald.

May 25-31, 1998

Torrential Rain, mud slides and a 10-day trek – unorthodox methods for building self-esteem, but it worked for a group of troubled teenagers. Judy Adamson reports:

The rain is pouring onto the darkened jungle in heavy sheets.  It’s three hours into a 10-day walk on the Kokoda Track and already Elizabeth, of the 10 disadvantaged teenagers involved, is exhausted and quietly weeping as she sits huddled in her rain jacket. (more…)